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Tyler, the Creator arrested after Roxy show melee

December 23, 2011 | 11:50 am

Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator left the Roxy Theatre with an early and unwelcome holiday gift — a repair bill for a smashed mixing console.

Video from the L.A. avant-rap collective's show at the Sunset Strip venue last night apparently shows Tyler, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, yelling at a sound tech, climbing the mixing desk to stand on it and bash it with what appears to be a microphone after his group's set (warning: contains profanity).

L.A. County sheriff's deputies arrested him on vandalism charges after the Roxy reported the altercation, and then angry fans rushed onto Sunset Boulevard; they were dispersed without injury or further arrests. He was released on $20,000 bail, though Okonma is contesting the veracity of the claims that he was arrested on his Twitter account. L.A. Now has more complete coverage of the story here.


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— August Brown

Photo: Tyler the Creator, right, of the alternative hip-hop collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), during a performance at HARD Summer Music Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (Christina House / For The Times)